Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she "fully expects" to endorse the recommendations of career prosecutors and FBI agents investigating the security of Hillary Clinton's email server, but stopped short of recusing herself from the politically charged case. Both Lynch and FBI Director James Comey have testified on Capitol Hill that they want the investigation to be handled promptly and thoroughly.
Still, Attorney General Loretta Lynch should have found a polite way to excuse herself when Bill Clinton dropped by her airplane , parked next to his at a Phoenix airport Monday. To her credit, Ms. Lynch acknowledged her misstep Friday in an interview with The Post's Jonathan Capehart at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.
--In remarks that struck some as racial politics, Bill Clinton equated Barack Obama's win in the South Carolina Democratic primary in January 2008 with Jesse Jackson's victories in the state in 1984 and 1988. --Days before the New Hampshire primary, Bill Clinton infuriated some Democrats when he dismissed Obama's opposition to the Iraq war. --Contrasting his wife's campaign with Sen. Bernie Sanders', Bill Clinton ticked off Sanders supporters on Feb. 15 in Riviera Beach, Florida, by comparing them to GOP tea party activists.
How else can one explain his private conversation with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the midst of the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a personal server for email that included classified information? Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) has called on Lynch to appoint a special counsel. And, it just may be that Bill Clinton unconsciously can't stand it.
Former President Bill Clinton and current U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch may well have exchanged only pleasantries and photos of grandchildren during an impromptu meeting this week at the Phoenix airport. It also was mindblowingly dense or arrogant, or both, on Bill Clinton's part. Lynch was appointed by President Obama, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Lynch was appointed to an earlier federal post by Bill Clinton.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is expressing regret that she sat down with Bill Clinton while his wife is under federal criminal investigation, a chance encounter she acknowledges "cast a shadow" on the public's perception of a case bound to influence the presidential campaign. Lynch said she understood that her private meeting with Clinton aboard her plane in Phoenix might be seen as compromising the neutrality of the investigation, even though she said the chat was largely social and her department's probe of Hillary Clinton was not discussed.
WASHINGTON -- But of course Bill Clinton wants his wife to become president of the United States and make history as the nation's first female commander in chief. Unconscious Bill might just be a different matter, as his actions often make one wonder: Does Unconscious Bill really want Hillary to be president?
Ryan Grim, HuffPo's Washington bureau chief, depicts Clinton as an overzealous bumbler in the site's lead story, headlined "Man, Bill Clinton Is An Idiot." At the same time, the Associated Press's Stephen Braun has written a story lamenting "Bill Clinton's loose-cannon episodes," giving off the impression of either Clinton World or the Obama Administration planting this narrative across political media.
Donald Trump is scoffing at the official claim that the covert runway rendezvous between former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch was just an impromptu chat about golf and grandkids. But Lynch is expected to decide whether to prosecute Bill Clinton's wife Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2016. Also, Bill Clinton is entangled in federal investigations related to the Clinton Foundation.
JULY 1, 2016 -Labor Secretary Tom Perez spoke with moderator Chuck Todd in a personal political capacity, telling him that Attorney General Loretta Lynch's meeting with former President Bill Clinton on the airport tarmac was "not something that was planned in advance" and that "it was a chance meeting." More from this interview will air exclusively this Sunday on "Meet the Press"; tune in for a Sunday exclusive interview with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and analysis from NBC News' Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O'Donnell and Katy Tur as well as MSNBC's Kasie Hunt.
For Bill Clinton , the rarefied world of private plane tarmacs has long been a place for a former president to socialize. Last month, after he spoke at the funeral of Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Ky., Mr. Clinton ran into Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, and the two chatted before their private jets took off.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged Friday that "reasonable" questions have been asked about her meeting with former president Bill Clinton on the tarmac at a Phoenix airport, but her effort to put those concerns to rest may not go far enough. At an event in Aspen, Colorado, Lynch explained that she will accept the recommendations of career investigators and prosecutors at the Department of Justice (DOJ) when they decide whether to pursue charges in connection with Hillary Clinton's email practices.